Ubirr Aboriginal Art Circuit

20 min to 30 min

1.3 km
circuit

↑ 12 m
↓ -12 m

Easy track
Starting from the car park at the end of Ubirr Road, Kakadu, this circuit walk gives you a tour of the Ubirr rock formation and the amazing Aboriginal rock art on it, potentially visiting the Nadab Lookout along the way. With some of them being thousands of years old, the paintings and depictions here are some of the best in the continent. From creation ancestors such as the Rainbow Serpent to animals like wallabies and goannas, the art showcases the Aboriginal culture very well. Take the side trip out to the Nadab Lookout for 360-degree views of the surrounding floodplains and escarpments. You can also time your hike to watch a beautiful sunset from the lookout. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-12.4117244,132.9581387)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Stuart Highway, 1
  • Turn on to Arnhem Highway, 36 then drive for 90 m
  • Turn slight left onto Arnhem Highway, A36 and drive for another 18.4 km
  • Continue onto Arnhem Highway, 36 and drive for another 196.5 km
  • Turn left onto Oenpelli Road and drive for another 36.1 km
  • Turn slight left onto Ubirr Road and drive for another 2.3 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 110 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the public toilet in the middle of the car park, head northwest along the designated track and leave the car park. After about 65 metres, keep right at the 3-way intersection and pass by the informational signposts (to your right) to continue along Ubirr Aboriginal Art Circuit(counterclockwise).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a shelter (about 20 m back from the start).
Find the toilet at the start.
Find the car park at the start.
After another 70 m continue straight.
After another 75 m continue straight, to head along Ubirr Aboriginal Art Walk.
Keep right.
After another 260 m veer right, to head along Ubirr Aboriginal Art Walk.
After another 70 m pass the "Mabuyu" (5 m on your right).
After another 60 m pass a seat (5 m on your right).
After another 40 m pass the "Main Gallery" (5 m on your right).
After another 55 m pass a seat (10 m on your left).
Then pass the "Namarrkan Sisters" (80 m on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional but recommended side trip taking you to the Nadab Lookout, passing by the "Namarrkan Sisters" along the way. This side trip can add around 5-10 minutes of moving time to your hike. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
At the intersection of Ubirr artwalk & Ubirr Aboriginal Art Walk turn left, to head along Ubirr Aboriginal Art Walk.
After another 55 m turn right, to head along Ubirr Aboriginal Art Walk.
After another 140 m pass the "Rainbow Serpent" (8 m on your right).
After another 15 m pass the artwork (6 m on your right).
After another 430 m turn right, to head along Ubirr Aboriginal Art Walk.
After another 75 m continue straight.
After another 50 m come to the end.

An optional but recommended side trip taking you to the Nadab Lookout, passing by the "Namarrkan Sisters" along the way. This side trip can add around 5-10 minutes of moving time to your hike.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Ubirr Aboriginal Art Walk & Ubirr artwalk Start heading along Ubirr artwalk (a footpath).
Mabuyu (about 145 m back from the start).
Main Gallery (about 35 m back from the start).
After 55 m pass a seat (on your left).
After another 60 m pass the "Namarrkan Sisters" (9 m on your right).
After another 120 m pass the "Rainbow Serpent" (70 m on your left).
Then pass the artwork (70 m on your left).
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Ubirr artwalk.
After another 25 m come to "Nadab Lookout".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 245 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Ubirr Aboriginal Art Circuit


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 1.3 km
Time 20 min to 30 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one -22 m back from the start.

Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 450 m apart with the largest gap of 740 m.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
-22 m[shelter]
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